• Length: 6.6km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Centenary Park

  • End: Centenary Park

  • Location: Mount Arapiles - Tooan State Park

  • Closest Town: Natimuk

  • Distance from CBD: 335km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.75922804

  • Longitude: 141.8499273

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Mount Arapiles Circuit is a 6.6km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in Mount Arapiles - Tooan State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Mount Arapiles Circuit hike commences at Centenary Park. From the toilet block head south along a vehicle track past The Pines Centenary Park Camp Grounds until the trail starts to turn west (at the bend). The Arapiles Skyline Walk is signposted at this point. Continue southwest along the tree lined trail towards Bum Rocks and Pilot Error Cliffs. The wider trail ends after around 350m near a grassy clearing beneath the cliff line. Ignore the smaller trails that branch off randomly and remain on the trail which veers west under the cliffs and up into the entrance of King Rat Gully.

Veer left under an orange cliff then climb up past the entrance to Hunger Gully. Continue south, climbing through a maze of pinnacles to gain a rocky shoulder from where there are great views back along the escarpment (southern viewpoint). The walk now heads west as it enters an attractive box and yellow gum woodland. About 300m further on the trail makes a short detour right onto a rocky point overlooking King Rat Gully. Back on the trail the path continues to weave through the trees, passes through a narrow rocky chasm then gains a natural terrace providing easy walking past another viewpoint (overlooking Central Gully). Continue to Bluff Lookout Road and follow the road past the vehicle car park to Bluff Lookout.

From this point you will need to head off trail in a westerly direction as you traverse the cliff line to Pharos Gully Track. On locating the track turn left and follow the gully along its length to the top of the escarpment. You should be at the car park at this point and the summit is a short stroll from here.

From the summit, head off trail again (or walk via the road) to the tower at the end of the summit road. Continue past the tower in a north westerly direction to the northern most viewpoint of the escarpment. You will now need to pick your way carefully through the rocky outcrops as you descend to the plains to the east. Take care to find the easiest way down. On reaching the plains the unmarked but obvious trail then heads in a south easterly direction, following the face of Tiger Wall and back to the start point.

About the region

Mount Arapiles is a rock formation that rises about 140 metres (460 ft) above the Wimmera plains in western Victoria, Australia. It is located in Arapiles approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of the town of Natimuk and is part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. Mount Arapiles is a very popular destination for rock climbers due to the quantity and quality of climbs. It is one of the premier climbing sites in Australia along with the nearby Grampians. The Aboriginal name for Arapiles is Djurite.

Getting there

From Melbourne follow the Western Highway to Horsham (300km), then the Edenhope Road (Wimmera Highway) for 25km to Natimuk. Continue on 8km to turn right along Centenary Park Road. The park entrance is on your left after 1km.


Centenary Park is a great spot to enjoy a picnic. Centenary campground is the only place to camp in the park. There are three camping areas within the campground. (Camping fees do apply). For more information, visit Parks Victoria

The trails are quite rocky and hiking poles may be useful. Hot days should be avoided due to the exposed trails. Always carry plenty of water.

GPX File

Total distance: 6584 m
Max elevation: 352 m
Min elevation: 157 m
Total climbing: 295 m
Total descent: -295 m
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View of the Bluff from the campground
The Pines Campground can get quite crowded
Thirsty wallaby
Start of the track heading up the gully
Climbing up for a better view
Everyone loves a bit of rock scrambling
Mount Arapiles Summit
View over the plains and salt lake to the north
A bot of off trail exploring to the northern point
Finding our way down the eastern escaprment
Watch out for the assive ord spiders

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